Downtown Tampa Florida Events

On-Going Downtown Tampa Events

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING - NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Witness the POWER of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena.  813-301-2500  AmalieArena.com

BREWS & BITES AT THE SAIL
A rolling celebration of food & fun, featuring a fleet of area food trucks, craft beers, and live entertainment.  The Sail.  6-11pm.  Second Friday of the month.  813-274-8420  TampaConventionCenter.com (Event Info)

FOURTH FRIDAY
Explore your city and celebrate Tampa's rich arts and culture scene every fourth Friday with exclusive offers at dozens of downtown museums, galleries, theaters and restaurants. The Streetcar will now be free to all Fourth Friday participants wearing the complimentary wristbands.  FourthFridayTPA.com

STREETCAR LIVE
Hop on board for a concert that rocks and actually does roll! Mark your calendar on the first Saturday of every month for this family fun event.  Teco Line Streetcar System.  5-7pm.  813-254-4278  TecoLineStreetcar.org

CHILDREN’S BOARD FREE TUESDAYS
The first Tuesday of the month from 2-7pm the Glazer Children’s Museum opens its doors to kids and adults for FREE!  Glazer Children's Museum.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

Special Downtown Tampa Events

MAR 16  ROUGH RIDERS ST PATRICK'S DAY NIGHT PARADE
Ybor City's Rough Riders St Patrick's Day Parade has hundreds of floats aglow with lights and loaded with leprechauns and plenty of beads. Parade begins at Nuccio Pkwy and heads East on 7th Ave to 20th St.  4-11pm.  813-248-1898  TampaRoughRiders.com

MAR 16  THE MAYOR'S RIVER O' GREEN FEST
Ybor The Hillsborough River goes green! Including live entertainment, kids' activities, food trucks serving Irish faire and lots of beer.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  11am-5pm.  813-274-1898  RiverOGreen.com

MAR 19 - 24  GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A celebration of filmmakers from across the world as well as local talent. The event features screenings of documentaries, shorts and feature-length works, in addition to U.S. premieres.  813-693-2367  GasparillaFilmFestival.com

JAN 21 - APR 22  LOST AND FOUND IN AMERICA
Dive into this group exhibit of three artist's work that explores the self in the context of the American dream. Audacious and theatrical, these artists transform the everyday struggle into an otherworldly kind of magic.  Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.  813-221-2222  FMoPA.org

MAR 17  PICNIC IN THE PARK
Visit Plant Park for a Victorian picnic including live entertainment, food, and more!  Henry B Plant Museum.  10am-3pm  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

MAR 22 - DEC 23  HENRY PLANT: HE'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THOUGHT
Visit the Henry B. Plant Museum for a special exhibit all about our namesake, Henry Plant. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Plant's birth, we are hosting a fantastic new exhibit all about his life and his impact on Florida and the Tampa Bay area.  Henry B Plant Museum.  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

MAR 23  32ND ANNUAL BARK IN THE PARK
A family and dog-friendly walk and pet festival featuring music, food trucks, beer, adopt-ables, vendors, doggie costume contests, and a 1-mile stroll along the river.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  11am-4pm.  HumaneSocietyTampa.org

MAR 23  SALUTE TO SERVICE CRUISE
Join friends and family for a majestic cruise of Tampa Bay aboard the historic WWII American Victory Ship. Celebrate the men and women who have served our country, while enjoying live entertainment and refreshments.   American Victory Ship and Museum.  Noon-4pm.  813-228-8766  AmericanVictory.org

MAR 28  BREWSEUM
Grab your brew crew and take a spin through History on Tap: Beer and Brewing in Florida. Enjoy a pint of beer from a local brewery in a souvenir pint glass, access to the exhibit and trivia.  Tampa Bay History Center.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

MAR 30  TAMPA PRIDE FESTIVAL & PARADE
Join thousands for the annual Tampa Pride Diversity Parade, which once again winds its way down 7th Avenue to 20th Street where it turns north to end at the Street Festival around historic Centennial Park.  Parade starts at 1pm.  TampaPride.org

MAR 31  8TH ANNUAL CUBAN SANDWICH FESTIVAL
An exciting festival and contest to find THE BEST traditional and non-traditional Cuban Sandwiches from around the world! Enjoy live music, dance performances, and over 100 food, art, & cultural exhibitors.  Centennial Park.  11am-6pm.  TheCubanSandwichFestival.com

APR 5-7  NCAA WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR SPECIAL
Join the action of the NCAA Women's Final Four Semifinal and National Championship games hosted in Tampa for the third time.  813-301-2500  AmalieArena.com

APR 6-7  22ND ANNUAL FESTA ITALIANA
A multi-day event honoring Italian culture and heritage. Enjoy the finest cuisine from the top Tampa Bay restaurants featuring mouth-watering Italian food, wine, cooking demonstrations, singers & dancers, a children's area, and much more.  The Italian Club, Ybor City.  813-248-3316  FestaItalianaTampa.com

APR 6  TASTE @ THE STRAZ
Indulge in the culinary delights from over 50 of Tampa Bay's finest restaurants and caterers. With a full open bar, and wine, liquor, and craft beer tastings and five live bands, supporting the arts has never tasted so good!  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

APR 7  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Step into a tale as old as time, the enchanted world of Beauty and the Beast, a classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

APR 25  SEAGRAPES FINE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Benefiting the Florida Aquarium's education and conservation programs, sample over 100 wines and fantastic foods from Tampa's top restaurants while strolling among some of the most amazing animals and plants native to Florida and around the world.  The Florida Aquarium.  8-11pm.  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

APR 27  TAMPA BAY INT'L DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Dragons take over waters of Downtown as teams compete for the #1 trophy. Also enjoy live entertainment, food vendors, and more!  Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park.  8am-5pm.  PanAmDragonBoat.com

MAY 3-4  5TH ANNUAL TAMPA RIVERFEST
Come celebrate the Tampa waterfront with a full concert line-up, Wiener Dog Derby, Gasparilla Stand-up Paddle board Invasion, Tampa Bay Pride Band, 2nd Annual TacoFest to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, Beer Tents, Margarita Bar, Taste of the Riverwalk, Hillsborough County School kid performances, and much more. Curtis Hixon Park and along the Tampa River Walk.  813-221-1539  TheTampaRiverwalk.com

MAY 25  TAMPA BAY MARGARITA & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Enjoy a HUGE variety of Margaritas, tequila tasting, games, an awesome lineup of bands with headliners The Wallflowers and Everclear. End the night with a fireworks show! Curtis Hixon Park.   Noon-11pm.  TampaMargaritaFest.com